Arsenal Transfer News: Lucas Vazquez Link Rumoured After 'Secret Meeting'

Alex Keble@alexkebleFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Lucas Vazquez after scoring the opening goal  during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Real Madrid on March 6, 2018, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT        (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez, a target for both Liverpool and Arsenal, wants a move away from the Spanish capital and has held a secret meeting with his agent to begin the process, per Diario Gol (h/t Jack Staplehurst for the Daily Star). 

The 26-year-old reportedly wants to play regular first-team football and is aware this isn't going to happen under Zinedine Zidane at Real, prompting the Spaniard to search for a new home.

Over the past three seasons Vazquez, an academy graduate at Real, has started 32 La Liga matches and appeared another 49 times from the bench—meaning 60 per cent of his league appearances have been as a substitute.

The right-winger reportedly believes the time has come for him to become a key player at another club in Europe, aware that new recruits in his position will likely arrive over the summer as Real look to bolster their attacking options. The European champions are 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, making a high turnover of playing staff a strong possibility once the season ends.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid fends off Julian Draxler of PSG during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Phot
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Having given his agent the "green light," per Staplehurst, Vazquez is reportedly a target of Liverpool, Arsenal and Roma, all of which have already made an approach for the Spaniard.

Jurgen Klopp's side would appear to be in the market for a winger following Philippe Coutinho's sale to Barcelona in January. A poor run of form in 2018 could trigger a major overhaul in the summer for Arsenal too:

The report comes days after Vazquez was instrumental in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg, in which the 26-year-old's inch-perfect cross set up Cristiano Ronaldo's opener.

The assist was his sixth in his last seven matches in all competitions, with Vazquez also scoring twice in that time to make these last five weeks the most successful of his career to date.

Vazquez has only been capped three times by his country and is unlikely to be named in the World Cup squad, meaning his stock may not get much higher than during Real Madrid's Champions League run this season. Whether or not he continues to be selected by Zidane, it looks as though Vazquez has plenty of suitors.

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